The increasing attention to ontology and digital materiality in media studies bespeaks the considerable influence of new materialist theories on the field. With some exceptions, this new materialist-inflected scholarship has explicitly distanced itself from Marxist historical materialism, choosing to focus its attention on the material existence and agency of media technologies rather than on the articulation of these technologies within the historical development of capitalism. In response to these developments, this panel aims to consider what insights might be gained by rethinking the apparent opposition between historical and new materialism. What are the political stakes involved in the disjuncture between the two approaches?
Call for Papers: Picking Through the Trash
PIVOT: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies and Thought
***Extended CFP Deadline: August 31, 2014***
"Ours is a culture and a time immensely rich in trash as it is in treasures."
"[T]rash talks to us, or certainly speaks of us. However much we want to put trash and garbage and waste and rubbish out of sight, out of mind, out of smell, there is considerable evidence that we take them to be revelatory of all manner of not insignificant facts about individuals, communities, civilizations, or that tired old workhorse the 'human condition.'"
—Elizabeth V Spelman
"Laughter in the Digital Age"
Special Issue of Comedy Studies
Guest Editor: Peter C. Kunze, University of Texas at Austin
Websites, social media platform, and YouTube and other video-sharing services make the dissemination of comedy easier than ever, and studies of the implications of new media on comedy and humor is only beginning. This issue examines how the Internet as well as new technologies radically change how humor and comedy are produced, exhibited, and distributed in the digital age. I invite papers, broadly conceived, that consider these issues through either theoretical discussions or case studies of specific artists, texts, platforms, or sub-genres. Potential articles may cover:
The Birmingham Journal of Literature and Language (BJLL) is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal published annually, both electronically and in print. It includes submissions from postgraduate students with a diversity of interests and backgrounds, including specialists in Literature and Language from all periods and cultures.
Each issue features articles and notes from current postgraduate students, along with book reviews. Original literary compositions and artwork are also welcomed.
Articles for the next edition are to be submitted via email to the General Editors at email@example.com by the following deadline: Monday 29 September 2014.
We are inviting papers for a seminar to be hosted at the American Comparative Literature Association's 2015 Annual Meeting, in Seattle, Washington on March 26-29. This seminar explores how settler colonial studies contribute to our study of comparative literature, both within and beyond Anglophone settler spaces.
Issue 3 of The New Union is now available to read online (www.new-union.co.uk) We are now looking for contributions for our fourth issue, which will be published at the end of October 2014. If you have something you would like to contribute, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 17 October 2014.
Do you want to promote and defend the value of the arts and humanities? If so, why not contribute to The New Union by writing for us. We are currently on the look out for interesting and powerful articles that reflect the importance of the arts and humanities in the twenty-first century.
Open Windows, a feminist resource centre, (www.aresourcecenter.wordpress.com) is looking for essays which will look at the notion of ethical pedagogy. The collection will be published by Lies and Big Feet (www.liesandbigfeet.wordpress.com). For more, please email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Call for Papers:
The University of North Alabama English Department
Announces the 6th Annual Alabama Regional Graduate Conference in English
February 27-28, 2015
Streams of Consciousness:
Water, Sound, Land, Text
Abstract/Proposals Due: 1 November 2014
Southwest Popular/American Culture Association's 36th Annual Conference
Albuquerque, NM February 11-15, 2015
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
Albuquerque, NM 87102
General information and online registration
Panels now forming on topics related to all areas of myth and fairy tale and their connections to popular culture. To participate in this area, you do not need to present on both myths and fairy tales (one or the other is perfectly fine), but we have seen that bringing both genre categories into conversation has led to extremely valuable and stimulating conversations.
The Cultural Studies Association of Turkey is pleased to announce the launch of KULTUR-e, a refereed open access journal which will publish scholarly research on cultural studies, as well as work related to the cultures of Turkey and Turks throughout the world. We invite colleagues to submit contributions in written, audial and/or visual form.
KULTUR-e will be published aperiodically, and all published material will remain available online along with commentaries or discussions to be submitted subsequently by readers and viewers.
THE LANGUAGE AND LINGUISTICS STUDENT CONFERENCE
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2014
NIGH UNIVERSITY CENTER
UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL OKLAHOMA (EDMOND)
"Students engaging, transforming, and empowering students"
Abstract submission deadline: Monday, September 22, 2014
Acceptance notification: Monday, October 6, 2014
Registration deadline: Monday, October 20, 2014
The Black Queer Sexuality Studies Collective Presents
Legacies of Black Feminisms: A Black Queer Sexuality Studies Graduate Student Conference
Location: Princeton University
Date: October 11, 2014
Facsimile: A center for early print: 1780-1820 (www.colonialprint.wordpress.com) is looking for essays on the early realm of heteroglossic print in colonial Calcutta (1780-1820). For example, newspapers were printed in multiple languages. The collection of essays will be published by Lies and Big Feet (liesandbigfeet.wordpress.com). Please email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CALL FOR PAPERS:
Approaching Posthumanism and the Posthuman
Conference and Doctoral Workshop
June 4-6, 2015 – St. Maurice, Switzerland
Cary Wolfe, Rice University
Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, George Washington University
Margrit Shildrick, Linköping University
Stefan Herbrechter, Coventry University
Deborah Madsen, Manuela Rossini, Kimberly Frohreich, and Bryn Skibo-Birney